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SCGOP announces Victory 2008 political director, staff additions

August 21, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT: ROB GODFREY

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2008                     (803) 988-8440

SCGOP announces Victory 2008 political director, staff additions

Victory 2008 team boasts experienced grassroots organizers, political professionals

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson today announced Shell Suber as Political Director of Victory 2008 and the addition of six regional directors to the Victory 2008 staff.  Victory 2008 is the South Carolina Republican Party’s coordinated campaign effort to elect Republicans to local, state and federal office.

“We are extremely excited to have experienced political professionals on the ground in South Carolina,” said Dawson.  “They will enable us to spread our conservative message of limited government, lower taxes, energy independence, a strong national defense and traditional values to every corner of the state.  Our Victory team is set to activate our network of thousands of volunteers and supporters who will work tirelessly to elect Republicans up and down the ballot in November and deliver South Carolina’s eight electoral votes to John McCain.”

Shell Suber will serve as Victory 2008 Political Director and 72 Hour Director.  A Citadel graduate, Suber was Political Director for Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign during the 2008 primary.  He also served as Chairman of the Richland County Republican Party for 7 years.

Johnnie Bellamy will serve as Victory 2008 Regional Director for the Pee Dee/Grand Strand.  Bellamy was a regional coordinator for Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign and was also active in Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign during the 2008 First-in-the-South Republican Presidential Primary.

Linda Butler-Johnson will serve as Victory 2008 Regional Director for the Lowcountry/Charleston.  Johnson was a regional captain for Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign and field representative for John McCain during the 2008 First-in-the-South Republican Presidential Primary.  Johnson was President of the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women and served as Chairman of the Charleston County Republican Party.

Allen Klump will serve as Victory 2008 Regional Director for the Upstate.  A native of Simpsonville, Klump graduated from the University of South Carolina in May and was 72 Hour Director and Assistant Grassroots Director for Ralph Norman for Congress in 2006.

Leigh Ellen Lybrand will serve as Victory 2008 Regional Director for the Midlands.  A native of Columbia, Lybrand has been a legislative aide to Senator Lindsey Graham in Washington.

Joe St. John will serve as Victory 2008 Regional Director for the Catawba region.  St. John was Governor Mike Huckabee’s statewide grassroots coordinator during the 2008 First-in-the-South Republican Presidential Primary and was named South Carolina Republican Party volunteer of the year in 2005.

Cris Steele will serve as Victory 2008 Regional Director for the Lowcountry/Beaufort.  Steele previously served as a regional captain for Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign and was active in John McCain’s campaign during the 2008 First-in-the-South Presidential Primary.

Dawson tapped Warren Mowry to be Executive Director of Victory 2008 in June.  Mowry was Upstate Field Representative for Lindsey Graham’s successful 2002 campaign for U.S. Senate.  He also served as Chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party from 1999-2001.  A graduate of University of South Carolina School of Law, Mowry was a prosecutor for South Carolina’s 13th judicial circuit from 1982-1994.

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